Deutsche Telekom buys 80 million Identity Management licenses

According to Financial Times Germany, Deutsche Telekom has bought 80 million licenses of Sun’s Identity Server, consisting of the Java System Identity Manager, the Java System Access Manager and the Java System Directory Server.

Apart from this being a big deal for Sun regarding license fees (although they surely will not receive the full price of approx. $8 billion ), this may announce a major push for both identity management as a discipline and the Liberty Alliance.

Looking into the crystal ball, 80 million licenses might be enough for Telekom to act as an identity provider for all of germany’s population – now that would be a major push if I ever saw one…